If you have multiple pieces of fine jewelry, your collection may be quite valuable. That's why it's important to care for it properly; being unable to wear favorite pieces because of damage is not only frustrating on a personal level but also disappointing because of the financial impact. Use these tips to preserve the beautiful jewelry collection you have.

Have Your Jewelry Inspected Periodically

One of the best ways to keep your jewelry in like-new condition is to have it assessed by a professional periodically. While there isn't a set number of months that should go by, have a professional jeweler examine your pieces at least semiannually for loose stones, damaged clasps, and other problems that can be fixed right away.

Keep Chlorine away from Gold Jewelry

One dangerous assumption is that your fine jewelry can be worn all the time in every environment because it is "real" and not costume jewelry. However, it is important for you to be aware that certain substances may damage your jewelry over a long period of time. Chlorine, for instance, is something that can be found in your pool and in your household cleaners, such as bleach. You may not realize this chemical can cause stress cracking in 10K and 14K gold, which can have a negative effect on the way your jewelry looks. Pure gold, or 24K gold, is typically not affected by most chemicals.

To be safe, if you don't know whether your gold jewelry is pure gold or not, don't wear your gold when cleaning the house or going into the pool.

Put Your Jewelry on Last

Because many of the stones and metals you wear can be affected by chemicals, it is a wise idea to shield your jewelry from some of the products that you may use during your morning routine. For instance, makeup, perfume, soaps, lotions and hair sprays can not only settle onto your jewelry if you're already wearing it, but over time they may damage the metals and stones as well.

To prevent this, simply wait until you're all done with your grooming and beauty regimen before you put your jewelry on. Then, when your day is over, take off the jewelry before you start our night routine.

With the advice in this article, you can ensure that your fine jewelry collection stays in gorgeous-looking condition. Ask a jeweler like Mollie B Distinctively Different Fine Jewelry for more ideas that can help you protect each individual piece.